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Mom never measured the ingredients for her cornbread, she just threw it all together. It always turned out the same and tasted the same. When she taught me to make cornbread the same way, I was thrilled.
Over the years, though, some have asked me how I make my cornbread. I finally took the time to measure the ingredients I 'threw together' and came up with the following recipe.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. This is usually served with pinto beans, butter beans (lima beans), black eyed peas, green split pea soup, or a hearty stew. It's really good just straight from the pan with a wedge of butter inserted, too.
One of my grandfather's favorite evening meals was to have a large wedge of cornbread crumbled in a glass and covered with milk. If you haven't tried it, you would be surprised how good it is!
I always bake my cornbread in a cast iron skillet. The texture of the bread coming out of cast iron is slightly different, as it the taste. While it is still good baked in a different pan, the cast iron skillet is always my choice.
Mom's Homemade Cornbread Recipe
- 2 1/2 cups cornmeal (yellow is best, for the color)
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tbsp. aluminum free baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- ¼ cup oil
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- About 2 cups of milk--enough to make medium dough-should not be as thin as cake dough, but not as thick as cookie dough.
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a 12" baking pan. The best pan to use in baking cornbread is an iron skillet. Pre-heat oiled pan. This allows the cornbread crust to crisp nicely.
- Mix dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Add eggs and oil and stir to make a crumbly mixture. Add enough milk (start with 1 cup, and add a little more at a time until you have enough), to make a medium dough-dough will pour, but not very fast. Do not over-mix. Pour dough into iron skillet. Bake for 20 minutes. Delicious with bean soup of any kind, corn and ham chowders, or just crumbled into a large glass of milk for breakfast!
- Whichever bread you prefer, the aroma of baking bread will bring your family running to the table. Spend a few extra minutes to create some special memories for your children, or even better, let them help measure the ingredients and roll out the dough! Bread making, once a common, daily activity, is not almost a forgotten art. Learn to bake bread, make some memories, and help a tradition that spans thousands of years to survive!
Have you made homemade cornbread?
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